Friday, June 29, 2012

May Your Garlic Be Pungent

As many of you know, Mr. Ordinary is from Albania.

And as you may or may not know, we love to laugh together. And the fact that he's from Albania is totally fair game around here.

Some people make it easy. They ask him questions like, "Have you heard of Taco Bell?" He got this one after having already lived in the States for a few years.

When we were but a wee tiny dating couple all those years ago, he bought, spit-shined and shipped me a pair of jump boots. I was headed to my "two weeks a summer" part of being a Reservist and couldn't find any jump boots to buy. You see, jump boots are cute. There are only so many ways a lady-soldier can cute up herself while in uniform.

Hmm, should I do a bun with my hair straight back or with a little side-part? and Do I go for the government issued green socks or government issued black socks today? Not much wiggle room, you see.

Anyway, so he sent me the shiny boots that he had easy access to, being at an Airborne heavy base where they actually jump out of planes in their jump boots and don't just wear them for looks like silly 18-year-old Reserve girls in Indiana.

All this to say my dad asked me, "So, in Albania, does sending someone a pair of boots mean you're married now?" My dad's so silly. I get a lot of it from him.

So Mr. Ordinary and I were talking the other night and I was asking him what some phrases I hear him say a lot mean in English. One was an untranslatable way to say something along the lines of "Enjoy that new thing you have!"

This gave me an idea. I told him we could take advantage of other people's ignorance and tell them it means something like, May your sheep be fluffy! or May your eggplant be firm! or (my personal favorite) May your garlic be pungent!

You know you'd believe me.


Carrie Lauth said...

firm zucchini is always a good thing ;) LOL!

Mimi said...

sounds a bit like feliz navidad! hee hee

FarmWife said...

I have a question I've always wanted answered but an honestly afraid I will find out the truth. Does "spit shined" actually mean shined with spit? Because that has to be one of the most disgusting things I've ever heard (I have serious saliva issues.

Sarah @ Ordinary Days said...

Yes, it means actual spit. But the same effect can be achieved with water. That's how I did it, at least when I didn't have a handsome man doing it for me.

And it took FOREVER!!!!!

Sharon said...

Sarah, you crack me up!
I just finished "Unbroken" by Laura Hillenbrand. It was a great book about POWs in WWII. In it an American POW teaches a Japanese soldier hilariously inappropriate English. Your post reminded me of it. Funny stuff!